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(generated from captions) form of carbon price introduced now Peter Beattie's problem with any as the coal industry's. is exactly the same It's only effect, they both argue, generators invest in gas. will be to make electricity public and private - And drive investment - expensive long-term research away from into clean coal technology. round the country would then say, MARK O'NEILL: Governments right on climate change." "Well, we've done our bit off the policy leavers entirely They will just take their hands to celebrate, and leave it to the gas industry "We now have a trading scheme, and simply say, the market would sort this out. "you always said that "So, there it is." at doing this. Politicians are really good "That's what we're gonna do, this carbon trading regime, "we're gonna have absolutely bloody wonderful? "and aren't we about greenhouse gas emissions "We've fixed the problem red wine and say we're terrific" - "and we can all go out and have a in technology, without investing significantly and governments have to do that. in this country to do it. There's been a reluctance of Queensland taxpayers' money Peter Beattie is putting $300 million into clean coal research. Victoria has committed $80 million. to follow suit. But New South Wales has no plans our greenhouse gas abatement scheme No, it's our State-based, the appropriate signals is our effort to send in alternative sources of energy. to be more efficient and to invest You need to do both.

at the same time, And you need to do both trading as the answer on its own. and you simply cannot see carbon That's my concern. And I get infuriated by this debate including my colleagues, when I have people, panacea and the answer in itself. who see carbon trading as the It is not. Guided action now! (All chant) 10 years is enough. While the politicians argue, who are getting impatient. it's not just the greenies

making the task an awful lot harder, By delaying action, not only are we an awful lot more expensive. we're also making it I actually find it hard to find PAUL GILDING: a major corporate in Australia, but, by and large, with some exceptions with the Government's position. there are very few who agree is inevitable, They recognise a price on carbon are threatened by too-late action. and that their businesses that they don't want But they're now nervous which hasn't moved on. to upset the Federal Government, you're looking for is leadership? Would it be fair to say that what I think we've got leadership, the complexity of the issues. and I'm not underestimating They are difficult. No-one is contesting - at any major government level, at least, no-one nor at any major business level, that we ultimately have to get nor the coal lobby - in emissions, by around 2050 serious cuts, 60% reduction stabilise the level if we're ever going to in the atmosphere. of greenhouse gases

at a major government level. But that's just what is contested 60% set for Australia, Well, that sort of scenario,

impacts on our economy, would have enormously damaging on a whole lot of things. on the price of petrol, on our GST...our GDP, And would have a very big impact have to impose a carbon tax. because to achieve that, you would that it is necessary And you don't believe for their electricity, for Australians to pay more in order to solve this problem? to have to make quite drastic changes Well, I want to see the evidence, I want to see the proposition. I want to see the science, these sweeping generalisations I mean, are next to useless. I agree with the Prime Minister. By and large,

That's true, you've identified that. agree with the Prime Minister. I, by and large, electricity prices - Because I know one thing about any more than they have to. people are not going to want to pay Science can be sure about the past. well-educated guesses. About the future, it can only make around the corner And politicians with elections what we don't want to hear never want to tell us is plain for all to see. unless the threat is that by the time that happens The problem for our children than those that face us now. the choices may be tougher by far International Captioning and Subtitling Closed Captions by

This program is captioned live. But is an apology going far enough? and here's Brian Seymour. Well, not everyone thinks so DRAMATIC MUSIC The Aussie flag. set alight in anger. Our national symbol, But set alight by whom? I'm Monica Attard. Hello and welcome to Media Watch. that burning flag several times 'Today Tonight' showed and burnt a flag from an RSL. to condemn a young man who stole But who put the match for 'Today Tonight'? to that revered Australian symbol They wouldn't tell us, the 'Sydney Morning Herald': but reporter Brian Seymour told File footage? burnt at a riot - Well, it's not a flag re-enactment in the studio car park. looks more like a cheap on its web site, 'Today Tonight' is running a poll who burn the Australian flag asking you whether people should go to jail. So don't miss your chance to vote. of Appeal announced its decision 10 days ago, the Victorian Court to release Jack Thomas from jail. The first Australian to be jailed new anti-terror laws under the Government's is a free man tonight after his conviction was overturned. for the papers. The next day it was front-page news led with the court's decision. Most, like Melbourne's 'Herald Sun',

a different angle. But the 'Australian' newspaper chose

Passionate comments from people strongly about terrorism. who've got good reason to feel But it wasn't the full range of views. to Brian Deegan, The 'Australian' had also spoken in the 2002 Bali attack. whose son was killed So why weren't Mr Deegan's comments article? included in the 'Australian's they didn't have room. Editor-in-chief Chris Mitchell says We wonder whether Mr Deegan was excluded because he didn't fit the 'Australian's view of what the reaction should be. Brian Deegan told us: Even less impressive was the comment piece the 'Australian' ran alongside that main story. That "nice legal argument" is that confessions and admissions of guilt

can't be used if they're involuntary. It's a rule that prevents confessions being extracted by intimidation and torture. And that's exactly what concerned the Victorian Court of Appeal. Thomas told the AFP that he'd accepted money from al-Qaeda and falsified his passport.

But before being interviewed, he'd been held in solitary confinement, threatened with torture and the prospect of Guantanamo Bay. He was told repeatedly by Pakistani and US officials that his future depended on him co-operating. The Court of Appeal found his admissions

a very straightforward breach of law. They were made under duress and there was no need to consider whether or not having a lawyer was an issue. But that infuriated a handful of journalists and commentators and not just Chris Merritt. Lawyer turned broadcaster Peter Faris QC locked horns with fellow silk Robert Richter.

And Gerard Henderson said the verdict drew a line between those who get the problem of terrorism and those who don't. It goes without saying that if you're with the comedians you're not taking this seriously enough. But Mr Henderson went further

and queried the background of one of the three Appeal Court judges - Justice Maxwell. And he wasn't alone.

Here's Alan Jones, parroting Gerard Henderson on 2GB. The commentators weren't all of one view. While the 'Australian' led the charge against the court, it also found room for Mike Steketee to explain why civil liberties are our liberties. That not the paper's official position. The 'Australian' had three editorials on the Thomas decision last week, including this one laying into those that criticised what Richard Ackland called the 'Australian's "shrill reaction". Wartime rhetoric. Which brings us back to Chris Merritt and his front page commentary the day after the Thomas decision. Chris isn't just any journo at the 'Australian', he's the Legal Affairs editor. So we think it's odd that he argues no matter what the law says, Jack Thomas should be locked up. The answer to Chris Merritt's question is clear - the rule of law means people are governed by the law. They're not locked up arbitrarily. We asked Chris to explain his understanding of the rule of law.

He didn't answer our question but told us: But, Chris, the jury didn't believe that Thomas was a supporter of al-Qaeda, even with his AFP interview. We think it's pretty disturbing that the 'Australian's Legal Affairs editor shows so little appreciation of the basic principles of our legal system. Basic mistakes were apparent, too, in the paper's editorial. That is simply wrong. It trivialises the grounds for the court's decision as some sort of technicality. The court's extra comments on legal representation were not the basis for their decision. Jack Thomas was released because the court found that his AFP interview was involuntary. It was tainted by threats of torture, as the 'Australian' itself has reported. In Darwin, the 'NT News' can be rather arbitrary in the way it chooses to report court stories. Now we understand that people might like to see their bank manager in a spot of bother. But who was the mysterious 33-year-old man charged with Cabot? The 'Northern Territory News' didn't say though the paper certainly told us an awful lot about Matthew Cabot. Still not an iota of identifying information about the other man. That wouldn't be because the 33-year-old co-accused works for the 'NT News', would it?

The man charged with Cabot was Bradley John Rogers and, yes, he's an electrician at News Limited's paper. We asked 'NT News' editor Julian Ricci why they didn't identify their employee. And the 'NT News' did publish Mr Rogers's identity this Saturday - after they received our inquiry. Adelaide's 5AA didn't bother to cover up the bad behaviour and conviction of one of its employees.

How could they? We can imagine, Bob. And even happier that you didn't have to join him. Last week the South Australian shock jock was sentenced to nine weeks' jail for contempt of court

and given a $20,000 fine. But his jail term was suspended and he's been put on an 18-month good behaviour bond. 5AA has been fined $80,000 for allowing Francis to say this. A relieved Bob Francis cited his old friend John Laws when he faced reporters outside the court, saying sometimes there's no editor between the brain and the mouth. Bob - what can we say?

Until next week, goodnight. Captions by Captioning and Subtitling International. This program is captioned live. Good evening. Federal Police have imposed their first control order

on the man dubbed 'Jihad Jack'. Jack Thomas from Melbourne was released from custody last week on appeal. He'd been jailed for terrorism-related offences There's been a lacklustre response to the Government's plans to sell off Telstra shares. It's offloading two billion of them, but the Opposition says that'll cause a slump in the price

for existing shareholders.

A work by Brett Whitely has become Australia's third most valuable painting. 'Hummingbird and Frangipani' sold tonight for just over $2 million,

In swimming -

there have been two world records set in the short course titles in Hobart. Libby Lenton set a new record in the 100m butterfly and Leisel Jones broke the 100m breaststroke record she set last night. Now, tomorrow's national weather -

showers for Brisbane and Sydney but fine in the other capitals. 'Lateline' is along at 10:40.